A curious and pessimistic question I know (especially with the Grey Cup here this year...Did you know that Lions???), but...
Considering what Edmonton (especially), Calgary and Montreal ALL did on their opening possession(s) of their respective games against the Lions, will every other team in the CFL expose the Lions early and often for lack of preparation, intensity, etc. when they play the Leos?? There is certainly every indication that this may be the case. The trouble is...
Teams all watch tendencies of how to beat the Lions (Sadly enough, often it's simply throw it to a receiver and watch Lions defender after Lion defender miss tackles all the way to the end zone.) and will continue to the do the same as what we've seen the first 3 teams did to the Lions early. How deflating is it on Lulay and the boys to get behind so early, so often and sadly, so befuddled as to how its happening or a will to fix it? One would think, and this relates to my other post, that the Lions coaching staff could be, should be, would be scouting tendencies on the opposition as well. But, I know they'll just blame their receivers and QB for dropped passes and over/under throws. Hmmm...so what was Chapdelaine doing on the out pattern to Shawn Gore when it was picked off on the 71-yard interception?? Again, if Jacques were here right now, he'd blame Lulay for not looking off (if not telegraphing his pass) Gore or taking too long to get it off. Again, like my other post, accountability coaches??? Is there any?
Perhaps Saskatchewan may the one possibility for a win but we all know that Rider Nation will be dropping death threats and/or manure on Darian Durant's neighbour's driveway if things don't change soon. Rather disgusting but...maybe we're just too nice and too accommodating towards the coaches and team in putting up with the crap we're seeing from the opening drives.
Or, perhaps some other unlucky team will happen to do as we're seeing and "fail to show up" for the opening kickoff one game and allow the Lions to...wait for it...have a sustained opening drive or get a first down before the end of the first quarter.
By the way, can anyone point out 1 (one), count'em ONE Lions player on either offense or defense right now that instills any sort of fear or forces you to provide any sort of additional attention (ex. double-teaming, etc.) I would even include Simon in that. Geroy, if you're reading this, you've always been one of my favourite receivers, but do you still think you're doing enough to cause defenses to take notice of you?? Once upon time, you could take the team on your shoulders and lead them. Can you still lead or is time to step to the side of the road??
Anyhow, what sort of predictions is there from you guys and gals about a win or the Lions' final record this season??